[arin-ppml] About needs basis in 8.3 transfers

Matthew Kaufman matthew at matthew.at
Wed Jun 4 11:28:53 EDT 2014

On 6/4/2014 7:11 AM, Owen DeLong wrote:
> Or, you could recognize that the intent of the policy and the reason 
> for that policy is to make those addresses available to other entities 
> with a more immediate need and behave in the spirit of the community.
> We can't make the letter of the law force all organizations to be good 
> actors. It's just not practical. The best we can do is provide policy 
> that expresses the general intent of the community and hope that the 
> majority of people and organizations are good actors.

Once addresses are no longer available from ARIN, all organizations in 
need of addresses will be spending real money to acquire them. They will 
spend that money as directed by their leadership and their shareholders 
to ensure their own perceived need is met, not what ARIN thinks they 
need this week. In fact, for public companies to do otherwise would be 
irresponsible to their shareholders and actionable by said shareholders.

If they are unable to register the addresses, they will still lock them 
up in contracts that are none of ARIN's business (and entirely invisible 
to ARIN), not "make those addresses available to other entities with a 
more immediate need". That's just not going to happen, for the same 
reason GM doesn't say "Well, tires are going to be in short supply for 
the next couple of quarters. We really should stop ordering them so 
other more charitable car makers can get their share."

Matthew Kaufman

ps. I'd also note that "policy that expresses the general intent of the 
community" may in fact *be* policy that lets post-runout transfers be 
performed without a needs test, as "the community" consists of a lot 
more than "Owen".
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